2016-17 is Julia Kern's second year on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, having skied for Cambridge Sports Union in high school before attending Stratton Mountain School for a partial gap year.
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A dream forged nearly two years ago came true for the USA women Sunday, as they won bronze in the 4x3.3k relay at the 2017 USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships at Soldier Hollow.
Norway took gold in the men’s relay, while Russia skied to gold in the women’s relay as the USA women grabbed their first medal ever with bronze at the 2017 USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Championships.
Twelve cross country athletes have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the 2017 USANA Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
Julia Kern led the U.S. team with two podium finishes in the final weekend of racing at the U.S. Spring OPA trip in Toblach.
Julia Kern finished third in the U20 15k freestyle mass start at the OPA Cup in Germany.
Katharine Ogden finished 13th, and Julia Kern 18th, in the 5k classic individual at the FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships Tuesday in Romania.
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Julia Kern made her debut as a member of the Development Team on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team during the 2015-16 season. She had breakthrough performances at SuperTours, Nationals, Junior Worlds and the OPA Cup, proving herself as a strong racer in many regards. With Kern’s strong passion for improving and achieving as a skier, she will be one to watch for in the future. Kern will attend Dartmouth College in the fall of 2016 and join the Dartmouth Ski Team.
Some of Kern’s best races of the 2015-16 season included grabbing second U20 in the U.S. Championships freestyle sprints in Houghton, MI, second in the SuperTour 10k classic race in Craftsbury, VT and second in a 10k freestyle race in Toblach, ITA during the OPA Cup Trip.
OFF THE SNOW
U.S. SUPER TOUR
8th for the Juniors and 29th overall, 10k CL, Sun Valley, ID, 2015
2nd Overall in the OPA Cup Tour